Orleans Green Week (OGW) is a week of collaborative service-learning projects, commemorating Earth Day and Arbor Day 2013, which will run from Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th. OGW was organized and managed by Meg Quirk and Sebastian Wheeler, ACC members working with the Orleans Conservation Trust (OCT) and Town of Orleans Tree Warden Department, respectively, and will take place on both properties owned by OCT as well as on the grounds of Orleans Elementary and the Nauset Regional Middle School. Orleans Green Week includes:
- $15,500 in grant and matching funding
- Donations from 11+ local businesses
- Partnership with 15+ local nonprofit organizations and town, county, and state departments
- Engagement of over 200 students and 50 members of the general public
- Distribution of 300 White Spruce Seedlings
- Planting of over 700 Native Plants and Trees
Schedule of Events:
Earth Day, Monday, April 22
AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC), OCT, Orleans Tree and Highway Departments join River School students installing native plants, removing invasive species and receiving seedlings on an Orleans Conservation Trust site.
Tuesday, April 23
Everyone is invited to join members of the OCT and ACC on guided trail walks and trail maintenance at Ice House-Reuben’s Pond Conservation Area 9:30-11:30 AM and Mill Pond Valley Conservation Area, 1:30-3:30 PM. Receive a seedling to plant at home. Click HERE to get involved.
Wednesday, April 24
Harwich Technical High School students will work with OCT, and ACC members to install native plants and remove invasive species at an OCT site.
Thursday, April 25
ACC members visit Nauset Regional Middle School 6th grade classrooms to talk about native ecology and the science of arboriculture.
Arbor Day, Friday, April 26
ACC and NRMS students will plant 631 trees and shrubs on the NRMS Front Green, followed by an Arbor Day program at Orleans Elementary School.
Green Week was made possible through the financial generosity of NSTAR, the Massachusetts DCR, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, National Volunteer Week and Barnstable County Resource Development Office in collaboration with like/kind donations from the Orleans Highway and Tree Departments, the Orleans Conservation Trust (OCT), the Orleans Community Partnership (OCP), the Barnstable County Extension, Daniels Recycling, Orleans Whole Food Store, Nauset Disposal, Zia Pizzeria, Friends Marketplace, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop and Landline Design.